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Biodiversity management

PNG LNG’s activities traverse a number of areas of high biodiversity significance and conservation value. As part of our approach to managing biodiversity impacts, we undertake biodiversity management and monitoring programs to preserve Papua New Guinea’s unique environment. 

ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG) has developed a Biodiversity Strategy which governs our management of biodiversity in Papua New Guinea. Our Strategy is implemented and monitored through supporting plans and protocols that are designed to safeguard biodiversity in areas where PNG LNG operates and, in particular, the biodiversity values in the Upstream area. An important part of the Biodiversity Strategy is the offset program. This program was designed to balance the residual impacts associated with the construction of the PNG LNG Project with equivalent biodiversity gains.

The strategy is compliant with International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management, and aligns with the Papua New Guinean Government’s Protected Area Policy and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.

The overall goal of the Biodiversity Strategy is to retain biodiversity values on a regional scale for the long-term. To achieve this, the Biodiversity Strategy sets out a series of objectives, which are to maintain the ecological intactness of the Upstream Project area as a whole, conserve priority ecosystems, protect special habitats and account for residual impacts through offset. 

EMPNG has developed a Biodiversity Offset Program which sets out the process that we will follow to implement the biodiversity offset program and address potential significant residual impacts associated with the PNG LNG Project.

The program consists of a series of separate but complementary components which together form a comprehensive program for biodiversity offset. The program encompasses conservation activities at the local scale through to strengthening existing protected areas and providing new protected area development where possible. These activities are supplemented by initiatives to support conservation and protected area planning at the landscape (regional) and national levels with the aim of enhancing conservation in Papua New Guinea.

We have developed a Biodiversity Monitoring Plan which sets out the process which we will follow during operations to monitor and evaluate the extent to which the objectives of the Biodiversity Strategy are being achieved.  

The Biodiversity Monitoring Plan comprises of several independent but complementary quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis programs, each of which is designed to provide us with robust information on the status relating to our biodiversity objectives.  

View the complete Biodiversity Strategy below:

Full report
Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 1 - Introduction (part 2)
Chapter 2 - The Project Area
Chapter 2 - The Project Area (part 2)
Chapter 2 - The Project Area (part 3)
Chapter 3 - Scope of Document
Chapter 4 - Legal and Other Requirements
Chapter 5 - Identification of Biodiversity Values and Impacts
Chapter 5 - Identification of Biodiversity Values and Impacts (part 2)
Chapter 5 - Identification of Biodiversity Values and Impacts (part 3)
Chapter 5 - Identification of Biodiversity Values and Impacts (part 4)
Chapter 6 - Goals and Objectives
Chapter 7 - Avoidance of Impacts on Biodiversity
Chapter 8 - Identification of Mitigation Measures
Chapter 9 - Development of Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan
Chapter 10 - Development of Biodiversity Monitoring Plan